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RE: Walking A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 09:31:12 -0400 (EDT)
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
cc: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, WAI Guidelines WG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0108210928250.32046-100000@tux.w3.org>
The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Group is interested in tool-based
ways of simulating how someone would perceive content, as a way of presenting
it to an author for a choice about which seemed more appropraite as a way of
conveying the message.

So any techniques that you have in mind wich would meet the criteria (I don't
think many authoring tool manufacturers are likely to add a suggestion taht
their users get totally inebriated and try to make sense of what they are
doing, but there are other approaches <grin/>) of being implementatble in
tools would be intersting. If yu have suggestions for how to implement
repairs that mean two choices can be more easily auto-generated, this would
also be helpful.

Cheers

Charles

On Tue, 21 Aug 2001, Anne Pemberton wrote:

  Chas, Kynn and others who are interested in simulations exposing obstacles....

           There is a classic paper used in training teachers of the learning
  disabled, that helps you understand how some experience text. In this
  exercise, you are presented with the paper (or in this case a web page) on
  which the spacing of the words has been altered.

           For example using the last sentence:
  Inth ise xercis e,y ou ar epres ente dwit hth epap er(o rint hiscase awe
  bpag e) onw hic hthes pacin gof thew ordsh asbe enalt ered.

           The group leader asks you to read it aloud, then urges you to stop
  reading it choppily ...

           I think something similar could be made to simulate what some
  cognitively disabled and some learning disabled folks would experience ...
  by greeking out all words in a page that are not on the Dolch (or other
  definitive word list) list, and asking the user to identify the topic of
  the page perhaps with and without illustrations.

                                                   Anne
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